Monday, August 10, 2015

Miles on Monday: Miles Ahead film gets a distributor; Agharta turns 40; and more

This week in Miles Davis news:

* It was announced last week that the motion picture Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Don Cheadle as Davis (pictured), finally has found a US distributor in Sony Pictures Classics. Embarrassingly, though, the film company's press release about the acquisition referred to Davis as an "iconic singer," prompting considerable mockery of their apparent cluelessness.

* Davis' so-called "Lost Quintet" of the 1960s will be the subject of The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles, an upcoming book by Bob Gluck that will be published next year by the University of Chicago Press.

* An article last week in the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger noted that "Two of the Most Divisive LPs of All Time—Miles Davis's Agharta and Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music—Are Now 40 Years Old" and reviews both albums again with the benefit of some historical perspective.

* The unveiling ceremony for the commemorative statue of Davis in downtown Alton, IL is a little more than a month away, and the Miles Davis Memorial Project committee wants everyone to know that the event on Saturday, September 12 will be free and open to the public. As a reminder, they've produced a flyer, which you can see after the jump.

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